Monday, February 29, 2016

Ministry and Family Update for January and February

In January...

We thought it would be a good way to start off 2016 with a "New Year Choir Kick-Off.” We had a wonderful afternoon of fellowship with our choir members. There was singing (it was a choir fellowship after all), some people gave testimonies, we had a short devotion time, and we played some games (the Bible scavenger hunt that Rina planned was really fun). Before everyone headed home for the evening, we ate some snacks and enjoyed some s’mores. We are thankful for all those who use their voices to the glory of God every Sunday!




Also in January we were privileged to have Dr. Phil Stringer speak at our church. He is now the Vice President of Church Relations at our alma mater, Dayspring Bible College. It was good to see him again and it was also a blessing that several local pastors and Bible college students attended the special service. We were able to give them some Tagalog resources (the James Commentary and Talk Time booklet) to be a help in the ministry.


In February...

I also had the privilege to attend the Spiritual Leadership Conference Asia in Manila. It was hosted by Lancaster Baptist Church. It was an encouragement to be there and here the messages and enjoy the fellowship. They even had a special recognition for all of the American missionaries. 



Our church held its annual "Valentine's Banquet" for married couples and singles over the age of 23. It was an encouragement that it was well attended with many visitors and we are thankful to have been able to use this opportunity to share the gospel! We enjoyed a delicious meal, special music, and games. A special thank you to our speaker Ptr. Sanchez, the youth who were the servers, and mom for managing the cooking. 



Our Awana program continues to bring excitement and blessing. This month we had our “most favorite” theme - Ice Cream Day! This was a record breaking day for our Awana, there were 140 kids who came! Please pray that the Lord will continue to use the Awana club to make an eternal difference in the lives of these kids.



We also began a new outreach this month. Each Friday we have the opportunity to teach God's Word to elementary school students at Mary Queen of the Rosary Academy. This school is located a couple of minutes from our church. This opportunity is a result of the puppet show outreach from the Victory in Grace mission team last November. They went to the school and the principal told me that she would be willing to allow us to have Bible studies with each grade. We are grateful that God has opened up this door! Please pray for God's blessing in this outreach. Since we have started, several of the students have even come to Awana. Also, please pray that we would have this opportunity continue through to the next school year.


If you have been following our blog the past few years, you know that around Valentine's Day we usually have an extra special Sunday called “Sweet Sunday.” The people volunteer to bring a sweet treat like chocolate or even something healthy like apples. This year we passed out over 160 packed bags of sweet treats! 


There was also a special opportunity for some of the youth of our church to attend the "College 4 a Day" at Asia Baptist Bible College. During the program those in attendance were divided into 2 groups, high school age and college age. I had the opportunity to lead the high school group and challenge them to consider ABBC. Those who attended from our church enjoyed the program. We pray that they would be open to the Lord's leading in their life. 



Family Update...

We are currently in the process of fixing our entire kitchen. Due to some prior poor construction, water had been leaking inside and this had caused the ceiling to severely drop down and sag. Also, termites had gotten in and eaten away at the wood. Please pray that the work will be done properly and that there may be opportunities to talk with the workers about the Lord. 

Please continue to pray for our health and strength so that we may continue to do all that God has for us to do. There were still a couple of times when Matt didn't feel quite right so we appreciate it more than you know. 

Liam and Luke are doing well and growing up quickly. Liam is quite the curious one and asks lots of questions!  He is still learning a lot in preschool and enjoys  doing his school work (most of the time).
Luke has been walking since September and gives us a workout trying to catch him!  He can say a few words now but still makes up a lot of his own words. We are thankful to the Lord every day that He has blessed us with children. We pray for wisdom that we would parent the boys the way God wants us to. Most importantly, we pray that as soon as they are able to, they would come to understand the gospel and put their trust in Christ. 


God Bless,

- Matt, Rina, Liam and Luke -
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